SINGING AND PARKINSON’S
SINGING may reduce stress and improve symptoms for people with Parkinson’s disease, research shows.
A pilot study revealed that belting out a song improved mood and motor symptoms, as well as reducing physical indicators of stress.
Experts at Iowa State University in the US looked at how singing affected heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels in Parkinson’s patients.
They measured these levels for 17 participants before and after a one-hour group singing session. All three levels were reduced afterwards, and participants reported feeling less anxious and sad.
Researchers, who presented their findings at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual conference in California. They said that while results were preliminary, singing showed similar benefits to taking medication. |